Pianists and Keyboardists
"...Exzellent die verhaltene Noblesse, mit der sich die Pianistin in den Gesamtklang einfügt, ohne diesen je zu dominieren.... Zumal die Pianistin einen kammermusikalischen Ansatz wählt, nicht mit großer Gebärde und brilliantem Spiel auftrumpft, sondern eher mit feinem Pianissimo, weichen Legati und sensiblem Anschlag aufhorchen lässt. Apart...." Wiesbadener Kurier, 02.02.2004
Katsaris established an impressive international reputation at a very early age after success in many top competitions. He is celebrated globally as a pianist possessing both unparalleled technique and rich and poetic expression.
Alberto Pizzo joins the Yamaha family and becomes an official Yamaha Artist. Born in Naples in 1980, Alberto Pizzo began studying the piano at a young age. In 2004 he graduated at Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella in Naples and took part in many national and international piano contests. In 2006 he obtained a second level degree in Concert Piano at the same Conservatory in Naples. In 2007, as solo pianist, he performed the music for a Rai International show about Vincenzo Bellini and for GEO & GEO, a RaiTre show. In 2009 Alberto held a concert at the Japan Stock Exchange as a solo artist and with soprano Yuki Sumani. In 2010 he entered Palco Reale of Gianni Sergio.
Thilo Wolf, geb. 1967, arbeitet als Pianist, Komponist und Arrangeur und leitet seine eigenen Formationen "Thilo Wolf Big Band" und "Thilo Wolf Jazz-Quartett". Seine Liebe gilt dem pulsierenden, swingenden Jazz, er öffnet sich aber auch Stil-übergreifenden Projekten. Klassik und Jazz vereinte er in den gemeinsamen Konzerten mit seinem Quartett und dem (klassischen) Berliner Saxophon Ensemble oder der Festival-Tournee "Klassik & Jazz" mit dem Windsbacher Knabenchor. In der Zusammenarbeit mit der Skibbe Band oder dem Sänger Max Mutzke vereint er Big Band Sound mit Rock, Pop und Soul Musik.
Pianist and composer Cesare Picco has become an official ‘Yamaha Artist’, becoming part of an exclusive group of musicians. Cesare Picco started studying piano when he was four years old and from 1986 he started to perform his own music. He is author to ballets, operas, music for theatre and special projects performed worldwide Cesare has performed at Italy’s most important festivals and worldwide including Delhi Jazz Festival, Tokyo Jazz Festival, Abu Dhabi Festival, Singapore Old Parliament, Hanoi Opera House, Al Maidan Centre Kuwait City, Kolkata Tagore Centre, Shillong Auditorium, Guggenheim Venice, Tokyo Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, New York Whitney Museum, and Tokyo Blue Note. He has worked with distinguished artists including Naseer Shamma, Giovanni Hidalgo, Edmar Castaneda, Nino Josele, Vasilis Saleas, Miles Jaye, Giovanni Sollima, Hajime Mizoguchi, Markus Stockhausen, Yukimi Nagano, Taketo Gohara, and many Italian artists. As a composer he has written music for solos, chamber music ensembles and orchestras such as Virtuosi Italiani, Berlin Chamber Soloists, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.
Ilya Rashkovskiy was the 1st prize winner at the 8th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (2012), the Citta di Pinerolo Competition (2012), the International Jaen Competition (2005), and at the Hong Kong International Competition (2005). He is among the top prize winners of the Long-J.Thibaud Competition in Paris (2nd Place), Queen Elisabeth in Brussels (4th Place) and Artur Rubinstein Piano Masters in Tel Aviv (3rd Place).
Recipient of top awards at numerous international competitions, Devoyon is on the faculty of the Berlin University of the Arts, the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Toho School in Tokyo.
Jamie Cullum is one of the world's most popular singer songwriters, having sold over ten million albums. He seamlessly combines jazz, pop and rock to produce a unique blend of compelling music. His explosive live shows are the stuff of legend and have to be seen (and heard) to be believed. These performances, coupled with his outstanding recorded output, have ensured that Jamie has a truly global fan-base.